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Occupational Therapist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week permanent contract (Flexible working will be considered)

A new and exciting band 5 OT vacancy has arisen within our Learning Disability Community Services

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated OT preferably with a background or previous experience in learning disabilities to join our busy and dynamics MDT team.

The service covers the geographical area of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire and the operating hours are 9-5 Monday - Friday with some pre-arranged flexible working if clients' needs require this.

The team is large and well established with a range of experienced and specialist OTs. The wider MDT team is dynamic innovative and the post holder will enjoy close working with the Inpatient Assessments an Treatment Service and Intensive support team.

Advocacy, Enablement and Empowerment is the focus of our work. This will be an excellent development role for anyone who enjoys a variety of work where each day brings satisfaction and new challenges.

Main duties of the job

Be a member of the Community Learning Disability Health Team, demonstrating the ability to make decisions and influence the development of services, and work with clients in a variety of health / community settings.

Participate in the development of an evolving learning disability service.

Participate in the development and provision of the learning disability Occupational Therapy role in North Staffordshire.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services within a designated area / team, and contributing to relevant projects.

Will be required to teach staff including both students and qualified and unqualified team members.

Provide Occupational Therapy advice to the integrated teams and partnership agencies on learning disability and continuing healthcare referrals.

Develop complimentary roles as agreed with the Team Manager to meet objectives for improving the health for adults with learning disabilities as set out in the Department of Health White Paper Valuing People - A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century and Valuing People Now. These roles will incorporate health promotion, facilitation, treatment and service development.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country. Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience.

Job description Job responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Team Manager be accountable and responsible for a defined clinical caseload that reflects the priorities of the local service by ensuring the assessment of therapy needs, particularly in relation to:

Using specialist knowledge to independently undertake assessments and evaluate interventions with clients with diverse environmental, social, physical and mental health needs; adapting approach to the varying level of learning disability.

Close working with other services aiming to reduce health inequalities and improve access to universal services.

Opportunities to support access to mainstream health services for adults with learning disabilities.

The provision of timely intervention aimed at promoting and maintaining the health of adults with a learning disability. This will be achieved through individual and group therapy and where necessary the implementation of therapeutic interventions.

Provide assessment, training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the clients physical and social environment for the client and carers.

Will undertake a variety of Occupational Therapy assessments to assist in the identification of person centred support needs and intervention.

Plan, organise and implement a range of treatments aimed at enabling clients to achieve their maximum potential in activities of daily living.

Provide a wide range of therapeutic interventions ensuring evidence based practice according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines to achieve therapeutic goals.

Undertake assessment of client need and signpost appropriately within the CLDT. OT assessments and interventions which contribute to the multi professional assessment of adults with learning disability, will focus on promoting function, quality of life and the realisation of potential where there is occupational deprivation, imbalance or alienation.

Demonstrate the clear and effective use of outcome measures for all clients to ensure that optimum physical and mental health needs are met / maintained.

To actively support adults with learning disabilities in their use of local health services. Identify any inadequacies and take appropriate action to enhance the quality of intervention and access available.

Establish and sustain links with primary care settings and non-statutory agencies facilitating access to universal services for adults with learning disabilities.

Where appropriate contribute to assessments of adults with learning disabilities eligible for Continuing Healthcare funding using the Decision Support Tool and contribute to the coordination of support packages ensuring person centeredness, high quality standards and value for money to meet the desired clinical outcomes.

Demonstrate the ability to asses plan and provide a strategy for supporting clients with mental health needs in addition to their learning disability, including the adoption of assessments through collaborative working, embracing the process of the Care Programme Approach, (CPA).

Work face to face with individuals who might display physical aggression and who are in psychological distress.

Deliver services in a sensitive, respectful and person centred way adapting systems of communication to meet service users cognitive ability.

Keep abreast of developments in current best practice, trends, issues and research in learning disabilities and related topics in line with the divisional business plan, and national occupational therapy practice within services for people with a learning disability.

To take responsibility for own Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and facilitate and encourage CPD for those staff for whom they are responsible.

Maintain up to date and accurate individual client records in line with Trust policy and the procedures of the Community Learning Disability Health Team using the agreed IT systems to produce high quality reports as appropriate and to maintain the highest standard of care.

To ensure that all policies, procedures and guidelines are followed, reporting any deviations to senior staff.

Ensure that there is efficient transfer of clients between team members and/or other services in accordance with Trust policy.

To set professional standards of care and to monitor measure and audit the effectiveness of services provided.

To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as directed by the relevant managers and as identified as service priority.

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Health and Care Professional Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists and local policies and procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification - Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy. Hold Health and Care Professional Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists (HCPC) Registration.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in clinical practice either as an Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Technician or Trainee Occupational Therapist. Ability to work single-handedly without direct supervision

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